Photographer: Brad Goda
The 2022 Hawaii’s Woodshow™, Na La‘au o Hawai‘i will be the Hawai‘i Forest Industry Association’s (HFIA) 30th Anniversary woodworking exhibition. Attendees will be treated to extraordinary heirloom-quality works made from interesting and beautiful Hawai‘i-grown woods. Hawaii’s Woodshow encourages an appreciation for the participating artists and the materials they use. The Woodshow promotes the positive role forests play in our economy and ecology. The 2022 Woodshow will run October 16th through October 30th at the beautiful Hawaii Opera Plaza.
The Show calls for the use of wood from Hawaiian-grown tree species, especially those that have been planted and brought to maturity here in Hawai‘i. It serves as a reference point for the planting of native and non-native high value hardwoods for future generations. This year’s theme is Ho’ike Kālai Kūpono.
Three jurors will determine awards based on a balanced knowledge of contemporary woodworking and Hawai‘i forestry. Awards are based on ‘Inspiration of Design” and “Excellence of Implementation”. This year’s Jurors will be Marcus Castaing, Vince Hazen and Jorma Winkler.
Marcus Castaing has been making fine furniture and architectural mill work for a living in the remote town of Wai‘ōhinu on Hawai‘i Island since moving there 42 years ago. From milling the tree, to drying the lumber, and sawing his own veneers, Marcus immerses himself in the entire process. His work can be found in homes from Europe to Asia, as well as the permanent collection of The State Foundation on Culture and Arts and The Honolulu Academy of Arts. Marcus has won numerous awards over the years and is featured in the book Contemporary Hawaii Woodworkers.
Artist Vince Hazen is currently a ceramics and printmaking instructor at Kamehameha Schools Bishop Estate (KSBE) Kapalama Campus, and former director at the Honolulu Museum of Art School. Vince’s work has been shown in many galleries including The Contemporary Museum at First Hawaiian Center; Koa Gallery, Kapi‘olani Community College; Andrew Rose Gallery, Honolulu; and Gallery 103, Poipu, Kauai, just to name a few.
Jorma Winkler is an entrepreneur, a technology innovator in the exotic hardwood industry and has built multi-million-dollar, multi-national corporations manufacturing, importing, and exporting tonewoods and veneers in Japan, Hawaii, and other parts of the world. He manufactures exotic Hawaiian hardwood (koa, mango, monkey pod, etc.) logs and lumber into veneers and musical instrument parts, furniture, and jewelry. In addition to being a HFIA Board Member, Jorma serves on the Board of the Hawaii Export Council, American Chamber of Commerce Japan, and National Association of Music Manufacturers.
Hawai‘i Forest Institute
Hawai‘i Tourism Authority Community Enrichment Program
O‘ahu Visitors Bureau
Ron & Myra Kent Fund, of the Hawai’i Community Foundation
Tusher Architectural Group
University of Hawai‘i Mānoa School of Architecture
Honua Ola Bioenergy
Royal Contracting Co. Ltd.
Maile (Up to $499)
Akamai Glass Company, Inc
Hawai‘i Wood Utilization Team
Peter Simmons-In the Woods
Thomas Loudat, TNSP Inc.
2022 INNOVATION+IMAGINATION STUDENT CHALLENGE
An exciting component of Hawaii’s Woodshow is the Innovation + Imagination (I+I) Student Challenge, a division that was initiated in 2017 to introduce students to the diverse world of Hawai‘i woods. Students are challenged to construct artwork using a mixture of donated Hawai‘i-grown wood and other materials of their choice.
The Student Challenge is coordinated by Steven Hill, IDSA, the 3DLab Director at UHM School of Architecture. The program exposes students to a hands-on experience of design and production as well as familiarizes them with the value of using locally sourced resources. This year, 38 students from UH-Mānoa School of Architecture, Brigham Young University–Hawaii, Maui High Schools, Mid-Pacific Owl Robotics and Punahou School participated in the Challenge.